Day By Day© by Chris Muir.


Friday, November 30, 2012

A Nice Coincidence

I went clicking around after posting that "Pedophocracy" post and found this posted on the Excavator.  Cynthia McKinney was the Congresswoman who went after Donald Rumsfeld in Congress about Dyncorp participating in child sex trafficking.  She was such an irritant to the powers that be, that the Dems backed a moron to run against her in the next election who thought that islands floated on top of water.  This guy now isn't even showing up to do his job. (maybe that's a good thing).

She stands up to a military-industrial complex that supports people who make snuff films with little kids.  That blows up whole families with a drone just to get one guy.  We need more leaders like Ms. McKinney, like Ron Paul, like Jesse Ventura, who are willing to ask the hard questions.  We need more accountability in government, and we need to clean house.

This woman is one of my heroes.  I don't care if she is a Dem.  (It's not about D vs. R anymore.  If it ever really was.)  She even goes into war zones to find out what is really going on.  You go girl!  I wish I were half as articulate as her, too.

Here's her website:
And here's Ms. McKinney interviewing with Alex Jones, as I found linked on The Excavator:

The Pedophocracy

Every once in a while we hear about some person in a position of power who got caught diddling little kids.  But then there's also these cases where high officials are implicated and nothing happens.  This article above explains how such a disgusting crime ring can exist and encompass all kinds of people in positions of power, and then only when some asshole like Sandusky gets careless enough does a little light get shed on it, and then they burn that guy.

In an era when the government can just spy on whoever it wants to, it's inconceivable that they could spend all their time watching YOU pick your nose at the stop light, and listening to YOU talk to your mother on the cell phone, and not use their power to do us all a favor and expose this whole sordid community of abusers, and purge it out.

Even the tricks that pornographers use to avoid the authorities don't work, if the authorities really wanted to catch them.  The implication is that they don't want to catch them.  Instead they want to catch the "terrorists", except the terrorists are all on their payroll already - they know who they are.

It's just a big fat charade.  We're living in a henhouse guarded by foxes.  They don't want to catch the perverts because they themselves (or their bosses) ARE the perverts.

How do we stop unwittingly contributing to such a sleazefest horror show, where the powerless are devoured alive (maybe sometimes literally) and dumped in mass graves on church land, near reservations, in the wilderness, wherever?  The whole system is set up to support itself and cover up for these crimes.  It's not just the sex crimes - it's mass murder, war, deliberate starvation, weather modification, poison food and drugs, market manipulation, TV hypnotism and other forms of mind control, and media spewing bullshit.

Even the nature of money itself is set up to enslave us!

Maybe this impending collapse will help, but somehow I doubt it.  If the gov has been buying ammo like it's going out of fashion, I think they've probably got some kind of plan to keep the horror show going their way.  Maybe my best bet is to keep on writing, and keep on trying to become self sufficient.  Yeah, they might try to silence me one day.  I'm just going to keep howling at the moon.  It's all I know how to do.  That and teach people how to shoot.

On days like this, I just have to keep reminding myself, the meek shall inherit the earth.

Terminators and Aliens

This is total conjecture by the way - sort of like my Myrmidon theory.

Back in college I had the bright idea that if time travel were to become available in my lifetime, I would come back and tell myself.  I decided right then and there that I would wait in a 10 minute window for myself to show up and tell me.

Like a Boss! Godot!

OK, so I didn't show up.  So I forgot all about when it was.  I guess, if I ever get around to time travel, I won't be able to find myself back then and tell myself, so it was kind of a self fulfilling prophecy and did not in fact disprove the availability of time travel in my lifetime.

Wait - if time travel existed, it would exist at all times, not just in my lifetime!  I wouldn't have to wait for it to be would have been here all along.

I also had the idea that if the gray aliens existed, maybe they were us from the future, all messed up by technology dependence, and looking for throwback genetic material to increase their gene pool or something.  I thought I'd made up that idea, but later I noticed other people had the same idea.  And now some of the elites are talking about making humans smaller to decrease our "carbon footprint" and they've made a sexless goat.  (Or was it a sheep?)

That's going to take the meaning out of "old goat" if sexless livestock takes off.

Fast forward to me watching Terminator 2 at a friend's house several years later.  The whole premise was that this world of machines had somehow brought itself into existence, and that by closing the time loop that it came from, the heroine and her son (who Oedipally sired himself on her? Can't remember now) could make the machines wink out of existence... I guess so would the son then cease to exist.  Ironic!

Now we've got these drones - quad copters, dog robots, cheetah robots, fly-on-the-wall robots, etc. etc.  Even back in the 90's I knew a guy making a robotic fish.  It's been coming a long time.  It's just easier to make a robot quadriped walk than a robot biped. 

The conspiracy buffs say that Hollywood movies advertise what's really going on behind the scenes, or maybe what the Pentagon wants us to get comfortable with, so we don't react with outrage at, say, killer robot bee swarms, or killer headless dog robot packs, when they finally come out with them.

Or the Death Star, but I guess maybe it's best if that doesn't show up... What if their tractor beam got stuck in the "On" position?  Like a cosmic vacuum cleaner...

I gotta shake my head...

There is no shortage of fools out there.

Yesterday, I went to a store and paid with a check.  When I mentioned my bank card had been frauded over the Thanksgiving weekend and then shut off, and I had to buy gas with cash, the clerk told me she never carries cash, she hates cash.


What a zombie! Good grief! What's her problem, too much network TV ate her brain?
(She can give her cash to me if she hates it. LOL)

By the way, the fraudsters got nothing.  The bank's fraud dept. caught it.  But it's been a bit inconvenient this week, waiting for the new card.  I like to buy my gas with a card, because it's faster.  I don't use it much otherwise.  Using cash keeps me on a budget - I can see when I'm running low.

Also, I didn't miss Black Friday, I never go shopping on that weekend.  I only bought gas and maybe a grocery item or two. I observe that day as International Buy Nothing Day.

I also came home last night and my roommate had his air conditioner running.  He said it got hot in his room when the heat came on.  So I've been paying to both heat and cool him at the same time? Grr.  Why couldn't he just close the heat vent?

Clarification on Seceding Gracefully

Just a clarification on the prior "secede gracefully" post.

I really don't want any kind of war here.
That would be very counterproductive.
I hope I didn't sound like I was itching for a fight, because I'm not. I was just speculating on what if a bunch of states actually seceded for real.  I hope that was clear.

And I don't like it when some blowhard talks tough online, urging war.  I wonder how many of those people have ever seen war first hand.  I haven't, but I've seen horrible pictures.  Now imagine that's your family, or you, with your guts hanging out and your house half gone.  Nope. Not good.  Imagine having to live in your half blown away basement in the winter, because that's all you have.  Or being in some camp.  Imagine half this country blown away, you walk down the street and it looks like Beirut.

Beirut used to be a nice resort town.  It can happen to anyone.  We're not special, we're not immune.  People are the same, everywhere.  We are in a dying empire, and it's just a matter of time, if we stay on the course that we are on now.  I'm not sure - it might be too late to fix it.  But I'm trying.  I'm not giving up.  I may be a lone voice in the wilderness, but if someone's gotta howl at the moon, it might as well be me.

If anyone is to secede, the best way is just to do it yourself after a fashion.  But you can do it peacefully.  Instead of rattling sabers at the feds, go local.  Instead of striving to get ahead and make more Federal Reserve Notes so you can buy what you need, go Galt and strive to be able to produce what you need yourself. 

And if you include a few extra people in your plans, then you need not be attacked by starving neighbors when the SHTF. I'm not saying to carry deadbeats, but think of how you can get someone started, think of how you can make your community resilient.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

How to Secede Gracefully

This blog has a good article that illuminates my point from before that you don't need Washington's approval to secede from the Union.

The Constitution was what legally created the US - the states ratified it and agreed WITH EACH OTHER that they would be the US.  Our agreement is not with Washington, it's with the other states.

And now for my rant:

I hope it doesn't go that way, but if there is an economic collapse, I can see a lot of the red states seceding.

Before someone snarks that the red states are poor and therefore receive more in federal aid, and would not benefit from seceding, I may comment that the blue states' money is from tax dollars collected from their large populations mostly in cities.  But the dollar will be worthless soon enough, and then it won't matter anymore. 

Also it could be argued that the red states that get the most subsidies have been managed into a 3rd-world condition by the feds and the bankers.  Subsidies keep people dependent, and a depressed area also gets brain drain as talented people go elsewhere to make money.  Not only that, but the feds are doing a pretty good job of demonizing those natural resources (coal, natural gas).

If a state seceded, it would probably start mining its resources, issuing its own currency and try to take its National Guard with it, or form its own state militia (a real militia, not one of those hobby militias where all the men are old and fat).  If a whole mess of states did this at once, Washington would have to bring in regular Army home from overseas to settle the matter, because they wouldn't have the personnel or resources otherwise.

Regular Army vs. National Guard.  Feds vs. states.  Maybe that's why the Feds have been arming themselves to the teeth.  Even the IRS is packing heat (rifles, not just handguns) now.  Maybe they hope it'll be an unorganized piecemeal of resisters and not a tidal wave, so they can pick them off one by one. Do all those agencies have the training that goes with the equipment?  The will?  How do they hope to maintain control over their outlying agencies once a state secedes?  Seems the field offices would be surrounded then.

It's a big question too, what would become of the Constitution if states seceded, since they'd be unratifying it.  Probably then Washington would feel no compunction to follow it anymore. (not that they do now, except when someone holds their feet to the fire).  But all those soldiers and LEO's had to take an oath to the Constitution.  Will they remember their oaths when it becomes an issue?  Will they even stay at their posts when their paychecks and pensions become worthless? 

And would the current administration try to put down a big secession with UN/NATO troops?  The UN and NATO haven't taken any oath to the Constitution.  NATO troops are known around the world for their war atrocities.

Pray for peace and stack 'em high, just in case you must defend yourself.  But we need to stick together.  Not so much as one organization or another, but as neighbors and human beings.  It's up to us to preserve the Constitution and human rights, to alleviate suffering, and to become more resilient.  It's not Us and Them.  Take everybody for how they act, not for what color skin or clothes/uniform they have on.  It's probably gonna get pretty confusing out there.  Just act with honor.

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Billionaire Generalissimo Lifestyle - You Can Have It Too

Ms. Sparky quoted the Washington Post about the lifestyles of generals in the US military:

“palatial homes, drivers, security guards and aides to carry their bags, press their uniforms and track their schedules in 10-minute increments. Their food is prepared by gourmet chefs. If they want music with their dinner parties, their staff can summon a string quartet or a choir.”

Okey dokey, that's nice.  But let's not be jealous of them.  Being jealous of the rich or high-ranked is stupid. It wastes time and smacks of Bolshevism.  Instead let's figure out how we can have these things ourselves (and not have to pay big bucks).

Palatial homes:

The whole key to this scheme is the palatial home.  You need a home that has a lot of spare bedrooms.

There are SO MANY homes in foreclosure and people who want to sell, that you could hang out a shingle as an I Buy Houses guy and within a month or two have one of these in a lease-option.  You could then move in.  If you have cash, you could possibly buy one and fix it up, but the easy way is a lease-option where you don't put hardly anything down.  Just watch out for missing plumbing.  If you do more deals, or rent out rooms, it could pay for your rent or you could barter/bargain for services like clerical or cooking. 

Or you could go in on such a house with a bunch of friends - but it's better to have one front man for the business end of it so you look professional and not like a bunch of hippies.  Also, if you're the one on the lease, don't let your friends have a chance to mooch off you.  Make it businesslike and get room-rental agreements.  And now you're back to being a businessman.  It's better that way, believe me.  I've done it both ways and you get burnt the hippie way.

Drivers, guards, aides, chefs:

With the palatial estate, you can have roommates.  Take turns with them doing this stuff, or divide up the duties as your abilities allow.  You could even have fun acting important in public, if everyone involved is into that as street theater.  (Maybe that would get you into fancy places - maybe not the Bilderberg meetings but certainly some country club or VIP lounge or other.)

To get a guard, rent rooms to veterans, especially ones who now work as security guards or bouncers.  When the SHTF, they'd be nice to have around.  They might not want to follow you around like a bodyguard, unless you paid them for that, but they would probably want to defend their home.  Also, returning veterans are having a hard time of it, so anything you can do to help them is great.

Gourmet cooking:  If you have someone good at cooking, they could cook for the whole house in exchange for their rent, or in exchange for a subscription fee collected from the people who want to participate.  The men renting rooms might appreciate having home-cooked food delivered once a week, so they don't have to cook themselves.  This would also cut down on territory squabbles and messes in the kitchen, private fridges in rooms eating up your electric bill, fire hazards from hot plates, etc.  You could negotiate a similar arrangement for cleaning, laundry etc.

Music:  The best and cheapest way to have live music is to be a musician, and join or form an ensemble.  Then you will have a lot of musician friends, you will have live music every time you rehearse or perform, and when you throw a party, you can invite these friends and then all play music for fun.  If you can't carry a tune, learn to play percussion. 

Some people I know hire bands to put on concerts in their homes and then charge admission.  This only works if your house is large enough, i.e. the palatial estate.  There is the risk that you will not sell enough tickets, unless the pay for the band is based on the number of tickets you sell.  Or you could get involved with a non-profit and then have a fund raiser for them in your home and have them hire the band.  And, this band could be any kind of music.  If you prefer Camper Van Beethoven to Ludwig Van Beethoven, no problem.  Lastly, you could volunteer for the symphony or the opera and get in free that way.

If you don't want to pay to heat and cool a palatial estate, or deal with roommates, you could install your own fancy fixtures and furnishings into a modest house.  You can get fancy fixtures for pennies on the dollar at salvage stores.  Yes, this takes some elbow grease.

All the more reason to get a house that's nicer to begin with.  Unless you enjoy being handy.  It is kind of fun, in a way.  But then, I'm the kind of person who takes things apart or builds them to see how they work.

Even if you were living in an apartment, you can make it look nicer by salvaging stuff.  But that's a whole different article for another time.

Anyway, although it's probably wasteful for generals to be getting these perks, like drivers, private jets and such, it's even more wasteful to waste time worrying about how someone else lives.  If they weren't getting the perks, maybe they'd be quitting the army and finding a corporate job with the perks.  But see, it's not that hard to get the perks yourself.  You just have to be willing to organize other people, and find and make deals.

I think I'll promote myself to general.  General Nuisance that is!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Appleseeds and Dinosaurs


I've been teaching another Appleseed this weekend.

And my regular computer is having issues so I'm stuck using an old dinosaur computer.  This one is the one I put SLAX on so long ago.  It was funny, I forgot my password but then remembered it finally.  The browser in this machine doesn't like a lot of things the internet does now, I guess the internet has too many bells and whistles for the old version of the browser.  And it crashes whenever I try to play videos.

Anyway, Friday was International Buy Nothing Day and all I bought was lunch at the range.  It's all a giant scam anyway, designed to get people to shop at big box stores.

This holiday, why not starve the beast and give your family stuff you buy from local small merchants, or maybe don't even buy anything, and make things.  Or just buy the stuff to make the things.

One year, I made a cardboard fort for some kids and they played with it more than the toys they got.  It really annoyed their materialistic mother.  Depending on the age of the kids, they can fall for that if what you do for them is cool.

One of the other instructors says she is going to make spent ammo into Christmas decorations.  Red and green shotgun shells, spent rimfire brass, etc.  This reminds me of a country song, or some story I read where someone did just that.  Anyway, that's a great idea for a crafty gun nut.  Last year I put plastic lizards on my tree because of all that Lizard People stuff going around.  Maybe I'll put some spent steel casings, and spray paint them or cover them in glitter this year.  Nobody wants to try to reload steel, and it's not worth recycling it.  I've got a pile of spent .22 casings but I'm planning to recycle them and give the money I get for them to Appleseed.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

How To Get Around Electronic Surveillance

First, an aside: I just stumbled on a little bit in this article

likening the FedGov to an abusive alcoholic in an abusive relationship.
Just like my article of a few days ago on how the gov is like a drug addict.  That article's getting hits.
I wonder if my brain wave is inspiring people?  Did it inspire the author of that article?  (if so, thanks, but please send a link my way!)

So my new point is this: the gov is also a cyberstalker.  Did you know there is a bill before the Senate right now that would make it legal for 20 federal agencies to read your email without getting a warrant? (call your Senator and object to it!)

Meanwhile, people need a way to communicate privately. A workaround. But since the gov is typically several years ahead of what technology is available to people, that's not likely that people would pull it off with superior technology.

However, we can do a lot that is low tech.

If it ever came to real tyranny, and you were in a resistance where you really had to be a secret squirrel, you can transmit radio messages intermittently and sparingly.  They can't triangulate on someone who broadcasts from a different location at random times for only a few seconds or so each time.  Then use codes rather than ciphers.  Not good for screeds, but good for short messages.  You can break up a long message into short ones with breaks between, and change frequencies in the middle of it, by prior arrangement.

Face the music: I am reminded of truck drivers who broadcast short segments of music on their CB radios out of boredom.  They're not supposed to do that, but that would be a great prearranged signal for someone to use, as it would be indistinguishable from the truck drivers messing around.  Just use something the drivers would probably not use.  Like Sinatra.  Don't pick "Bad to the Bone", they probably all use that.

Instead of using electronics at all, if it's locals you need to communicate with, leave paper messages at a dead drop.  This is just a public place that you hide messages in for your friends - a hollow fence post, under a rock, in a crack in a building, stuck to gum under a chair in a cafe, under the trash bag in a trash can, etc.  You can even glue/cement a thumb drive somewhere if you want to get electronic about it.

Eat your words: If you write your message on a stick of gum, eating the evidence could be tasty.  Protesters in Yemen made their signs out of pita bread, so they could eat them after the protest.  Let them eat fortune cookies!

Smoke 'em: You could put a message in the filter of a cigarette, and have your friend bum one off you, smoking the surveillance (so to speak).  If they pocket the filter after, or only burn part of the cigarette, people will think they're just not littering, or saving it for later. I can see a network of fake street bums, bumming smokes off each other to spread some message across town.  Maybe the ones with the messages could have dollar signs on them like in Atlas Shrugged.  That would be cute.

If you could agree on a pictogram system, you could post artwork or objects in plain view and it would be a secret message. Waffle House has a sort of pictogram system worked out with packets of jelly and butter - each configuration of things placed on a plate in a certain way means a different dish to prepare.  If Waffle House can do it, so can anyone.

And you can gum the spies up: flood them with FUD. (Fucked Up Data).  Make them spend resources cracking your grocery list and transcriptions of HP Lovecraft stories.  Make up something that looks like a coded message like "The sparrow flies at dawn" and post it somewhere.

If you are going to use dead drops, FUD goes like this: make a bunch of fake ones and then be a little obvious so that anyone tailing you will see you putting a fake message in.  You could even have a friend watching to see who tries to get your fake message out of the fake dead drop. This would be a good way to burn a spy.

Happy tradecrafting!

Estate Tax Will Ruin Family Farms - Here's How to Beat It

This article says the estate tax will make it impossible to pass a family farm or small business to your children.  This is true if you don't arrange your affairs to work around it.

I have some workaround ideas.  These are tricks the rich use to hold onto their stuff.  But anyone can use them.

First off, the WORST way (did I emphasize that enough?) to pass a piece of land to your descendants is fee-simple (i.e. by deed) to a number of them as individuals.  Then they all end up owning a fractional share of the land, which gets tied up by nobody agreeing what to do with it.  Also it drags the land through probate court.  Not good.

You want to transfer the equity to the children without transferring control until you die (or even then), and in the manner which best protects you and them legally from liability and from excessive taxation.  You want to avoid probate as much as possible.  You want to avoid people fighting when you die, too. Here's how.

  • Turn the farm into a corporation or a land trust.  Or a corporation that owns a land trust. Put the land in it, and sell to your children (or give them gradually over time) shares in the corporation and/or trust.  (in increments not subject to gift tax, if possible). You could make it part of their pay package as employees of the farm if you like, so that the productive children get more shares. You can maintain control over the farm, and you can also take out life insurance on yourself as an officer of the corporation so that any fees, taxes etc. on your death are covered by the insurance payout.  If you are rich enough you could even form a captive life insurance company so you are insuring yourself, but now I'm really getting fancy.  The corporation may hire someone to run the farm, if the kids can't do it.
  • Form a foundation and have the farm remain in that name, the children don't get to own anything but they get to control the farm.  Instead of equity they get salaries from running the farm. The farm remains a foundation "forever" and control of it is what gets passed down.  You could even make it non-profit, and then use some of the income to educate people in YOUR way of thinking.
  • Look into the wilderness land trusts that the eco-nuts are using, and turn one to your own purposes.  That'll larn 'em.  That's a variation on the one just above this one.
  • Strip the equity from free and clear land by forming another company in Utah or Nevada (which have good corporate privacy) to hold a mortgage on it.  But you own the company holding the mortgage.  I'm not sure this would minimize taxes but it would make the property less of an attractive target to lawsuits, as it appears to not have any equity. 
  • You can also sometimes avoid more liability by renting the house from one of your entities to another.
  • Consider instead forming a free church to own the land.  A free church is not a 501(c)3.  Please google this and research it thoroughly.  Although this would require you to hold services etc. it's a good way to not have to pay property taxes, if the land is free and clear.  Your dogma and your services could be whatever you feel is right. Let your conscience be your guide!  The residence would become your parsonage.  Just don't brag about not paying taxes.
Caveat: Get a lawyer to help you with this.  I'm not a lawyer.  These are just ideas.  You are going to need someone good with estates, taxes, real estate, and farming, who likes to use entities to protect people in business.  Don't just get the lawyer who did your auto accident.  This is a bunch of specialties, so be prepared to pay upwards of $200 an hour for this guy.  On the bright side, lawyer fees are deductible as a business expense in your new entity.

How do I know this stuff?  I was a title examiner and legal secretary for years.  Also was a real estate investor and on the board of a club for that, that educated them.  I've seen the things rich people (and not so rich people) do to shelter their property and avoid probate and taxation.  It's not rocket science, it's mostly using legal documents that other people used before, and drawing them up with your name on them instead.

Have fun playing with the REAL toys of the rich.  (Words in contracts.)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Cracker Jacks To Put Caffeine In Cracker Jack'd

The Natural News types are up in arms over someone putting caffeine in snacks.
Lemme clue you in.

Chocolate has caffeine.  It also comes from people farming under oppressive conditions in Africa.  And it's in a whole lot of snacks.  So shall we outlaw chocolate, just to be PC and healthy?  Or can people just tell by common sense that it's not a health food.

Oh yeah, don't forget, there are CHOCOLATE CHIP GRANOLA BARS posing as healthy.

Coffee has caffeine and sometimes they make coffee flavored things using coffee.  Like frosting, cake, or Kahlua.  I don't see them complaining about unlabeled coffee flavored things.

And if you put raw milk in your hot coffee, it pasteurizes it!  Horrors!

They need to find some other battle to fight, like GMO corn.  People aren't going to give up their caffeine.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Bilderbergers Meeting Now At Film Festival

Instead of taking over a whole hotel, the Bilderberg Group is having an impromtu meeting in Rome at the same hotel as a film festival.  The above article speculates that it's an emergency meeting.

My guess is it's either because of the European financial meltdown or because of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza.

I have not said anything about that conflict, because there's a lot of FUD and cheerleading for death out there, but suffice it to say that a quick look at a map of the encroachment of Israeli colonies on the Palestinian territory over time says it all.  I understand a people being sort of militant and vigilant after almost being killed off, and trying to protect their country, but this is not cool.  There has to be a better way.

People all need to live somewhere, I wish they would all just get along. (sigh)  I know, I can't get along myself.  I flame too much on FB.  I need to work on it too.

And my heart goes out to that family that got bombed by "mistake". All women and children, and the target (father) was only a suspect and wasn't even home.  Perhaps that is what it will look like here one day.  You get on a kill list just for being a suspected "militant", and then they kill your whole family with a "mistake".  If this guy wasn't a militant before, I think they might have just made him into one.

This illustrates something for me: if you think you're going to become a drone target or something like that, move your family somewhere else, put them in a few different locations, and never travel together all in one group.  Develop a code to use with your family. (not a cipher). And then start a pattern of no pattern: take different routes all the time, sleep in different places every night, don't buy your food at the same places, don't drink in the same place etc. lest you get Breitbarted.

OK, so back to the Bilderbergers.  The list looks to be predominantly Italian politicians.  There are some EU people in there though.  The predominance of Italians in the meeting might be just who could show up at late notice, or it might mean something's going to go down in Italy.

Why don't they telecommute?  Well, maybe some are.

Cheap and Easy Dehydrated Veggies

I am not sure why I never thought of this one.  I just saw it on

If you want to have dehydrated veggies, but don't have a garden, you can get frozen veggies and dehydrate them. Think about it, you don't have to raise them, pick them, sort them, wash them, cut them, and put the waste in the compost, they're uniform size already, all you have to do is spread them out in the dehydrator.  You can then store them without refrigeration, and free your freezer up for other things, like ice cream, Jagermeister, pharmaceuticals, batteries, and those Ho-Hos you ran out and bought when Hostess went under.

Also, if you're like me and buy too much okra, it'll get freezer burn before I eat it, unless I dry it out.  Because I have okra burnout still, and I haven't eaten okra in 6 months.  Guess what's going in the dehydrator tonight?

This picture is for no reason at all

Power Out at Shopping Center

The other day, a shopping center near me had a power out.  It was something in the street, up on a pole.  I saw the guys working on it in a crane, didn't think much of it (since it's Xmas street decoration time) and turned into the parking lot of the local supermarket.  There was a clerk outside yelling to people who approached the store that they were closed due to power out.  She told me the power was out for the whole shopping center, therefore I couldn't go to the other supermarket nearby either.

When the power is out, the cash registers don't work.  If some kind of EMP or other disaster happens to take the power out over a large area, the stores won't empty of stuff, they'll just close, just like that.  At least initially.  Maybe later they'll sell their perishables for cash, or maybe they'll throw them out.

All I had to do was go one exit down the highway to the big new mamma jamma supermarket.  But that's because it was just a few-hour blip on one street.

Make sure you keep your basics on hand, so you don't have to rush to the store in a crisis.  You might find it closed.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Group Turns In Rusty Old Guns to Chicago for Money for Kids' Gun Camp

This is GREAT!

h/t again to

A pro-gun group took advantage of a Chicago police program where you get a $100 gift card for turning in a gun no questions asked, and they raised $6K for a kids' gun safety and marksmanship camp.  They turned in only old, rusty guns that weren't safe to use anymore.  One of them fell apart, they didn't get money for that one.

Some cop was quoted as saying it was a shame they were using this program this way, which was supposed to make people safer, yadda yadda.

Don't gun SAFETY classes make people safer from doing stupid things with guns?  Wouldn't teaching kids how to respect and handle firearms PROPERLY and how to shoot accurately make people safer than if the kid picks up a gun for the first time unsupervised?  Isn't arming the populace going to make the populace safer from criminals?  Isn't getting old, decrepit guns that aren't safe out of circulation a good thing?


I hope those kids have a lot of good, safe fun. (Maybe I should start collecting old decrepit guns to raise money for Appleseed.)

Secession meme, some thoughts

I was reading an article on about the legalities/illegalities of secession.

Its conclusion was that as the law stands, states are not "allowed" as units to secede, that individuals are the units that secede, and the only way that that is possible is through either successfully won armed conflict or if the rest of the states have a vote and agree that the state that wants to may secede.

Honestly, I think the internet petitions are just a protest show of no-confidence.  I would not propose to secede from a government that was working properly and had rule of law, and whose leader was properly elected and qualified to hold that office.  I like the US.  There is a lot to like even in government, but I think Obama stole the election and he's not even qualified to be president in the first place.  This is my country.  Not his.  I could wait another four years, but what's to prevent more election fraud?  Why not fix it now?

But there is this stupid idea floating around (mostly on British liberal news websites, go figure) that by having signed these petitions, certain Americans have voluntarily given up their citizenship and therefore also their right to bear arms.  Well, that is just not so.

First off, you can only renounce citizenship by a very specific process which involves going to a US consulate or embassy in a foreign country and swearing an oath in person before a witness (and probably also signing a specific form).  Not by signing some online petition, where someone may or may not be spoofing you.  It didn't ask for my SSN or anything, just a name, email and address.  So how can they tell those who signed were who they said they were?  Any number of those could have been someone else, could be all fake, sort of like those people in Chicago Bulls clothes in Sheboygan, WI who were witnessed voting for Obama and talking about catching the bus back to Chicago.

Second off, if this illegitimately "elected" administration "deports" me sometime in the future just for things I said, I'd say that at that point their jurisdiction over me would really be at an end for real.

Third off, the right to bear arms is God given, not granted by any state.  The Constitution just enumerates that right and puts it into law, but the right remains regardless of what any state or law says.

Lastly, the whole idea of begging the White House for PERMISSION to secede is silly.  You don't ask permission to secede from an illegitimate government, you just do it.  If it comes to a REAL mass secession, rather than an online petition meme, it'll be a whole different ball game.  In the meantime, there's always internal exile, as best as you can (boycott the system, go Galt if you can).  I'm all for nonviolent protest and resistance because if it goes hot, that's all she wrote.  Anyone who actually wants civil war is a fool in my book.

Anyway, it was probably just a data-mining sign-up for identifying future so-called "enemy combatants"so they can have fun with drones in a while.  I hope not.  But in the meantime, the more people who sign those petitions, the harder a time they'll have eliminating all of us. It's time to come out and show our numbers.

100 Free Survival Downloads
These are ebook pdf's.  When you land on one of them, there's no "save" button but if you go to "print" it as a pdf instead of to your printer, you can save it as a pdf that way.  If you don't have that option in your print menu, download and install CutePDF which is free, then you will be able to.  I noticed they have Foxfire 1, 2 and 3 in there, these were previously available on scribd but got taken down, so now you can get them again here.  Happy reading!

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Ron Paul's Farewell Speech to Congress

reprinted from

This may well be the last time I speak on the House Floor. At the end of the year I’ll leave Congress after 23 years in office over a 36-year period. My goals in 1976 were the same as they are today: promote peace and prosperity by a strict adherence to the principles of individual liberty.
It was my opinion, that the course the U.S. embarked on in the latter part of the 20th Century would bring us a major financial crisis and engulf us in a foreign policy that would overextend us and undermine our national security.
To achieve the goals I sought, government would have had to shrink in size and scope, reduce spending, change the monetary system, and reject the unsustainable costs of policing the world and expanding the American Empire.
The problems seemed to be overwhelming and impossible to solve, yet from my view point, just following the constraints placed on the federal government by the Constitution would have been a good place to start.
How Much Did I Accomplish?
In many ways, according to conventional wisdom, my off-and-on career in Congress, from 1976 to 2012, accomplished very little. No named legislation, no named federal buildings or highways – thank goodness. In spite of my efforts, the government has grown exponentially, taxes remain excessive, and the prolific increase of incomprehensible regulations continues. Wars are constant and pursued without Congressional declaration, deficits rise to the sky, poverty is rampant and dependency on the federal government is now worse than any time in our history.
All this with minimal concerns for the deficits and unfunded liabilities that common sense tells us cannot go on much longer. A grand, but never mentioned, bipartisan agreement allows for the well-kept secret that keeps the spending going. One side doesn’t give up one penny on military spending, the other side doesn’t give up one penny on welfare spending, while both sides support the bailouts and subsidies for the banking and corporate elite. And the spending continues as the economy weakens and the downward spiral continues. As the government continues fiddling around, our liberties and our wealth burn in the flames of a foreign policy that makes us less safe.
The major stumbling block to real change in Washington is the total resistance to admitting that the country is broke. This has made compromising, just to agree to increase spending, inevitable since neither side has any intention of cutting spending.
The country and the Congress will remain divisive since there’s no "loot left to divvy up."
Without this recognition the spenders in Washington will continue the march toward a fiscal cliff much bigger than the one anticipated this coming January.
I have thought a lot about why those of us who believe in liberty, as a solution, have done so poorly in convincing others of its benefits. If liberty is what we claim it is- the principle that protects all personal, social and economic decisions necessary for maximum prosperity and the best chance for peace- it should be an easy sell. Yet, history has shown that the masses have been quite receptive to the promises of authoritarians which are rarely if ever fulfilled.
Authoritarianism vs. Liberty
If authoritarianism leads to poverty and war and less freedom for all individuals and is controlled by rich special interests, the people should be begging for liberty. There certainly was a strong enough sentiment for more freedom at the time of our founding that motivated those who were willing to fight in the revolution against the powerful British government.
During my time in Congress the appetite for liberty has been quite weak; the understanding of its significance negligible. Yet the good news is that compared to 1976 when I first came to Congress, the desire for more freedom and less government in 2012 is much greater and growing, especially in grassroots America. Tens of thousands of teenagers and college age students are, with great enthusiasm, welcoming the message of liberty.
I have a few thoughts as to why the people of a country like ours, once the freest and most prosperous, allowed the conditions to deteriorate to the degree that they have.
Freedom, private property, and enforceable voluntary contracts, generate wealth. In our early history we were very much aware of this. But in the early part of the 20th century our politicians promoted the notion that the tax and monetary systems had to change if we were to involve ourselves in excessive domestic and military spending. That is why Congress gave us the Federal Reserve and the income tax. The majority of Americans and many government officials agreed that sacrificing some liberty was necessary to carry out what some claimed to be "progressive" ideas. Pure democracy became acceptable.
They failed to recognized that what they were doing was exactly opposite of what the colonists were seeking when they broke away from the British.
Some complain that my arguments makes no sense, since great wealth and the standard of living improved for many Americans over the last 100 years, even with these new policies.
But the damage to the market economy, and the currency, has been insidious and steady. It took a long time to consume our wealth, destroy the currency and undermine productivity and get our financial obligations to a point of no return. Confidence sometimes lasts longer than deserved. Most of our wealth today depends on debt.
The wealth that we enjoyed and seemed to be endless, allowed concern for the principle of a free society to be neglected. As long as most people believed the material abundance would last forever, worrying about protecting a competitive productive economy and individual liberty seemed unnecessary.
The Age of Redistribution
This neglect ushered in an age of redistribution of wealth by government kowtowing to any and all special interests, except for those who just wanted to left alone. That is why today money in politics far surpasses money currently going into research and development and productive entrepreneurial efforts.
The material benefits became more important than the understanding and promoting the principles of liberty and a free market. It is good that material abundance is a result of liberty but if materialism is all that we care about, problems are guaranteed.
The crisis arrived because the illusion that wealth and prosperity would last forever has ended. Since it was based on debt and a pretense that debt can be papered over by an out-of-control fiat monetary system, it was doomed to fail. We have ended up with a system that doesn’t produce enough even to finance the debt and no fundamental understanding of why a free society is crucial to reversing these trends.
If this is not recognized, the recovery will linger for a long time. Bigger government, more spending, more debt, more poverty for the middle class, and a more intense scramble by the elite special interests will continue.
We Need an Intellectual Awakening
Without an intellectual awakening, the turning point will be driven by economic law. A dollar crisis will bring the current out-of-control system to its knees.
If it’s not accepted that big government, fiat money, ignoring liberty, central economic planning, welfarism, and warfarism caused our crisis we can expect a continuous and dangerous march toward corporatism and even fascism with even more loss of our liberties. Prosperity for a large middle class though will become an abstract dream.
This continuous move is no different than what we have seen in how our financial crisis of 2008 was handled. Congress first directed, with bipartisan support, bailouts for the wealthy. Then it was the Federal Reserve with its endless quantitative easing. If at first it doesn’t succeed try again; QE1, QE2, and QE3 and with no results we try QE indefinitely – that is until it too fails. There’s a cost to all of this and let me assure you delaying the payment is no longer an option. The rules of the market will extract its pound of flesh and it won’t be pretty.
The current crisis elicits a lot of pessimism. And the pessimism adds to less confidence in the future. The two feed on themselves, making our situation worse.
If the underlying cause of the crisis is not understood we cannot solve our problems. The issues of warfare, welfare, deficits, inflationism, corporatism, bailouts and authoritarianism cannot be ignored. By only expanding these policies we cannot expect good results.
Everyone claims support for freedom. But too often it’s for one’s own freedom and not for others. Too many believe that there must be limits on freedom. They argue that freedom must be directed and managed to achieve fairness and equality thus making it acceptable to curtail, through force, certain liberties.
Some decide what and whose freedoms are to be limited. These are the politicians whose goal in life is power. Their success depends on gaining support from special interests.
No More ‘isms’
The great news is the answer is not to be found in more "isms." The answers are to be found in more liberty which cost so much less. Under these circumstances spending goes down, wealth production goes up, and the quality of life improves.
Just this recognition – especially if we move in this direction – increases optimism which in itself is beneficial. The follow through with sound policies are required which must be understood and supported by the people.
But there is good evidence that the generation coming of age at the present time is supportive of moving in the direction of more liberty and self-reliance. The more this change in direction and the solutions become known, the quicker will be the return of optimism.
Our job, for those of us who believe that a different system than the one that we have had for the last 100 years, has driven us to this unsustainable crisis, is to be more convincing that there is a wonderful, uncomplicated, and moral system that provides the answers. We had a taste of it in our early history. We need not give up on the notion of advancing this cause.
It worked, but we allowed our leaders to concentrate on the material abundance that freedom generates, while ignoring freedom itself. Now we have neither, but the door is open, out of necessity, for an answer. The answer available is based on the Constitution, individual liberty and prohibiting the use of government force to provide privileges and benefits to all special interests.
After over 100 years we face a society quite different from the one that was intended by the Founders. In many ways their efforts to protect future generations with the Constitution from this danger has failed. Skeptics, at the time the Constitution was written in 1787, warned us of today’s possible outcome. The insidious nature of the erosion of our liberties and the reassurance our great abundance gave us, allowed the process to evolve into the dangerous period in which we now live.
Dependency on Government Largesse
Today we face a dependency on government largesse for almost every need. Our liberties are restricted and government operates outside the rule of law, protecting and rewarding those who buy or coerce government into satisfying their demands. Here are a few examples:
  • Undeclared wars are commonplace.
  • Welfare for the rich and poor is considered an entitlement.
  • The economy is overregulated, overtaxed and grossly distorted by a deeply flawed monetary system.
  • Debt is growing exponentially.
  • The Patriot Act and FISA legislation passed without much debate have resulted in a steady erosion of our 4th Amendment rights.
  • Tragically our government engages in preemptive war, otherwise known as aggression, with no complaints from the American people.
  • The drone warfare we are pursuing worldwide is destined to end badly for us as the hatred builds for innocent lives lost and the international laws flaunted. Once we are financially weakened and militarily challenged, there will be a lot resentment thrown our way.
  • It’s now the law of the land that the military can arrest American citizens, hold them indefinitely, without charges or a trial.
  • Rampant hostility toward free trade is supported by a large number in Washington.
  • Supporters of sanctions, currency manipulation and WTO trade retaliation, call the true free traders "isolationists."
  • Sanctions are used to punish countries that don’t follow our orders.
  • Bailouts and guarantees for all kinds of misbehavior are routine.
  • Central economic planning through monetary policy, regulations and legislative mandates has been an acceptable policy.
Excessive government has created such a mess it prompts many questions:
  • Why are sick people who use medical marijuana put in prison?
  • Why does the federal government restrict the drinking of raw milk?
  • Why can’t Americans manufacturer rope and other products from hemp?
  • Why are Americans not allowed to use gold and silver as legal tender as mandated by the Constitution?
  • Why is Germany concerned enough to consider repatriating their gold held by the FED for her in New York? Is it that the trust in the U.S. and dollar supremacy beginning to wane?
  • Why do our political leaders believe it’s unnecessary to thoroughly audit our own gold?
  • Why can’t Americans decide which type of light bulbs they can buy?
  • Why is the TSA permitted to abuse the rights of any American traveling by air?
  • Why should there be mandatory sentences – even up to life for crimes without victims – as our drug laws require?
  • Why have we allowed the federal government to regulate commodes in our homes?
  • Why is it political suicide for anyone to criticize AIPAC ?
  • Why haven’t we given up on the drug war since it’s an obvious failure and violates the people’s rights? Has nobody noticed that the authorities can’t even keep drugs out of the prisons? How can making our entire society a prison solve the problem?
  • Why do we sacrifice so much getting needlessly involved in border disputes and civil strife around the world and ignore the root cause of the most deadly border in the world-the one between Mexico and the US?
  • Why does Congress willingly give up its prerogatives to the Executive Branch?
  • Why does changing the party in power never change policy? Could it be that the views of both parties are essentially the same?
  • Why did the big banks, the large corporations, and foreign banks and foreign central banks get bailed out in 2008 and the middle class lost their jobs and their homes?
  • Why do so many in the government and the federal officials believe that creating money out of thin air creates wealth?
  • Why do so many accept the deeply flawed principle that government bureaucrats and politicians can protect us from ourselves without totally destroying the principle of liberty?
  • Why can’t people understand that war always destroys wealth and liberty?
  • Why is there so little concern for the Executive Order that gives the President authority to establish a "kill list," including American citizens, of those targeted for assassination?
  • Why is patriotism thought to be blind loyalty to the government and the politicians who run it, rather than loyalty to the principles of liberty and support for the people? Real patriotism is a willingness to challenge the government when it’s wrong.
  • Why is it is claimed that if people won’t or can’t take care of their own needs, that people in government can do it for them?
  • Why did we ever give the government a safe haven for initiating violence against the people?
  • Why do some members defend free markets, but not civil liberties?
  • Why do some members defend civil liberties but not free markets? Aren’t they the same?
  • Why don’t more defend both economic liberty and personal liberty?
  • Why are there not more individuals who seek to intellectually influence others to bring about positive changes than those who seek power to force others to obey their commands?
  • Why does the use of religion to support a social gospel and preemptive wars, both of which requires authoritarians to use violence, or the threat of violence, go unchallenged? Aggression and forced redistribution of wealth has nothing to do with the teachings of the world great religions.
  • Why do we allow the government and the Federal Reserve to disseminate false information dealing with both economic and foreign policy?
  • Why is democracy held in such high esteem when it’s the enemy of the minority and makes all rights relative to the dictates of the majority?
  • Why should anyone be surprised that Congress has no credibility, since there’s such a disconnect between what politicians say and what they do?
  • Is there any explanation for all the deception, the unhappiness, the fear of the future, the loss of confidence in our leaders, the distrust, the anger and frustration? Yes there is, and there’s a way to reverse these attitudes. The negative perceptions are logical and a consequence of bad policies bringing about our problems. Identification of the problems and recognizing the cause allow the proper changes to come easy.
Trust Yourself, Not the Government
Too many people have for too long placed too much confidence and trust in government and not enough in themselves. Fortunately, many are now becoming aware of the seriousness of the gross mistakes of the past several decades. The blame is shared by both political parties. Many Americans now are demanding to hear the plain truth of things and want the demagoguing to stop. Without this first step, solutions are impossible.
Seeking the truth and finding the answers in liberty and self-reliance promotes the optimism necessary for restoring prosperity. The task is not that difficult if politics doesn’t get in the way.
We have allowed ourselves to get into such a mess for various reasons.
Politicians deceive themselves as to how wealth is produced. Excessive confidence is placed in the judgment of politicians and bureaucrats. This replaces the confidence in a free society. Too many in high places of authority became convinced that only they, armed with arbitrary government power, can bring about fairness, while facilitating wealth production. This always proves to be a utopian dream and destroys wealth and liberty. It impoverishes the people and rewards the special interests who end up controlling both political parties.
It’s no surprise then that much of what goes on in Washington is driven by aggressive partisanship and power seeking, with philosophic differences being minor.
Economic Ignorance
Economic ignorance is commonplace. Keynesianism continues to thrive, although today it is facing healthy and enthusiastic rebuttals. Believers in military Keynesianism and domestic Keynesianism continue to desperately promote their failed policies, as the economy languishes in a deep slumber.
Supporters of all government edicts use humanitarian arguments to justify them.
Humanitarian arguments are always used to justify government mandates related to the economy, monetary policy, foreign policy, and personal liberty. This is on purpose to make it more difficult to challenge. But, initiating violence for humanitarian reasons is still violence. Good intentions are no excuse and are just as harmful as when people use force with bad intentions. The results are always negative.
The immoral use of force is the source of man’s political problems. Sadly, many religious groups, secular organizations, and psychopathic authoritarians endorse government initiated force to change the world. Even when the desired goals are well-intentioned – or especially when well-intentioned – the results are dismal. The good results sought never materialize. The new problems created require even more government force as a solution. The net result is institutionalizing government initiated violence and morally justifying it on humanitarian grounds.
This is the same fundamental reason our government uses force for invading other countries at will, central economic planning at home, and the regulation of personal liberty and habits of our citizens.
It is rather strange, that unless one has a criminal mind and no respect for other people and their property, no one claims it’s permissible to go into one’s neighbor’s house and tell them how to behave, what they can eat, smoke and drink or how to spend their money.
Yet, rarely is it asked why it is morally acceptable that a stranger with a badge and a gun can do the same thing in the name of law and order. Any resistance is met with brute force, fines, taxes, arrests, and even imprisonment. This is done more frequently every day without a proper search warrant.
No Government Monopoly over Initiating Violence
Restraining aggressive behavior is one thing, but legalizing a government monopoly for initiating aggression can only lead to exhausting liberty associated with chaos, anger and the breakdown of civil society. Permitting such authority and expecting saintly behavior from the bureaucrats and the politicians is a pipe dream. We now have a standing army of armed bureaucrats in the TSA, CIA, FBI, Fish and Wildlife, FEMA, IRS, Corp of Engineers, etc. numbering over 100,000. Citizens are guilty until proven innocent in the unconstitutional administrative courts.
Government in a free society should have no authority to meddle in social activities or the economic transactions of individuals. Nor should government meddle in the affairs of other nations. All things peaceful, even when controversial, should be permitted.
We must reject the notion of prior restraint in economic activity just we do in the area of free speech and religious liberty. But even in these areas government is starting to use a backdoor approach of political correctness to regulate speech-a dangerous trend. Since 9/11 monitoring speech on the internet is now a problem since warrants are no longer required.
The Proliferation of Federal Crimes
The Constitution established four federal crimes. Today the experts can’t even agree on how many federal crimes are now on the books – they number into the thousands. No one person can comprehend the enormity of the legal system – especially the tax code. Due to the ill-advised drug war and the endless federal expansion of the criminal code we have over 6 million people under correctional suspension, more than the Soviets ever had, and more than any other nation today, including China. I don’t understand the complacency of the Congress and the willingness to continue their obsession with passing more Federal laws. Mandatory sentencing laws associated with drug laws have compounded our prison problems.
The federal register is now 75,000 pages long and the tax code has 72,000 pages, and expands every year. When will the people start shouting, "enough is enough," and demand Congress cease and desist.
Achieving Liberty
Liberty can only be achieved when government is denied the aggressive use of force. If one seeks liberty, a precise type of government is needed. To achieve it, more than lip service is required.
Two choices are available.
  1. A government designed to protect liberty – a natural right – as its sole objective. The people are expected to care for themselves and reject the use of any force for interfering with another person’s liberty. Government is given a strictly limited authority to enforce contracts, property ownership, settle disputes, and defend against foreign aggression.
  2. A government that pretends to protect liberty but is granted power to arbitrarily use force over the people and foreign nations. Though the grant of power many times is meant to be small and limited, it inevitably metastasizes into an omnipotent political cancer. This is the problem for which the world has suffered throughout the ages. Though meant to be limited it nevertheless is a 100% sacrifice of a principle that would-be-tyrants find irresistible. It is used vigorously – though incrementally and insidiously. Granting power to government officials always proves the adage that: "power corrupts."
Once government gets a limited concession for the use of force to mold people habits and plan the economy, it causes a steady move toward tyrannical government. Only a revolutionary spirit can reverse the process and deny to the government this arbitrary use of aggression. There’s no in-between. Sacrificing a little liberty for imaginary safety always ends badly.
Today’s mess is a result of Americans accepting option #2, even though the Founders attempted to give us Option #1.
The results are not good. As our liberties have been eroded our wealth has been consumed. The wealth we see today is based on debt and a foolish willingness on the part of foreigners to take our dollars for goods and services. They then loan them back to us to perpetuate our debt system. It’s amazing that it has worked for this long but the impasse in Washington, in solving our problems indicate that many are starting to understand the seriousness of the world -wide debt crisis and the dangers we face. The longer this process continues the harsher the outcome will be.
The Financial Crisis Is a Moral Crisis
Many are now acknowledging that a financial crisis looms but few understand it’s, in reality, a moral crisis. It’s the moral crisis that has allowed our liberties to be undermined and permits the exponential growth of illegal government power. Without a clear understanding of the nature of the crisis it will be difficult to prevent a steady march toward tyranny and the poverty that will accompany it.
Ultimately, the people have to decide which form of government they want; option #1 or option #2. There is no other choice. Claiming there is a choice of a "little" tyranny is like describing pregnancy as a "touch of pregnancy." It is a myth to believe that a mixture of free markets and government central economic planning is a worthy compromise. What we see today is a result of that type of thinking. And the results speak for themselves.
A Culture of Violence
American now suffers from a culture of violence. It’s easy to reject the initiation of violence against one’s neighbor but it’s ironic that the people arbitrarily and freely anoint government officials with monopoly power to initiate violence against the American people – practically at will.
Because it’s the government that initiates force, most people accept it as being legitimate. Those who exert the force have no sense of guilt. It is believed by too many that governments are morally justified in initiating force supposedly to "do good." They incorrectly believe that this authority has come from the "consent of the people." The minority, or victims of government violence never consented to suffer the abuse of government mandates, even when dictated by the majority. Victims of TSA excesses never consented to this abuse.
This attitude has given us a policy of initiating war to "do good," as well. It is claimed that war, to prevent war for noble purposes, is justified. This is similar to what we were once told that: "destroying a village to save a village" was justified. It was said by a US Secretary of State that the loss of 500,000 Iraqis, mostly children, in the 1990s, as a result of American bombs and sanctions, was "worth it" to achieve the "good" we brought to the Iraqi people. And look at the mess that Iraq is in today.
Government use of force to mold social and economic behavior at home and abroad has justified individuals using force on their own terms. The fact that violence by government is seen as morally justified, is the reason why violence will increase when the big financial crisis hits and becomes a political crisis as well.
First, we recognize that individuals shouldn’t initiate violence, then we give the authority to government. Eventually, the immoral use of government violence, when things goes badly, will be used to justify an individual’s "right" to do the same thing. Neither the government nor individuals have the moral right to initiate violence against another yet we are moving toward the day when both will claim this authority. If this cycle is not reversed society will break down.
When needs are pressing, conditions deteriorate and rights become relative to the demands and the whims of the majority. It’s then not a great leap for individuals to take it upon themselves to use violence to get what they claim is theirs. As the economy deteriorates and the wealth discrepancies increase – as are already occurring – violence increases as those in need take it in their own hands to get what they believe is theirs. They will not wait for a government rescue program.
When government officials wield power over others to bail out the special interests, even with disastrous results to the average citizen, they feel no guilt for the harm they do. Those who take us into undeclared wars with many casualties resulting, never lose sleep over the death and destruction their bad decisions caused. They are convinced that what they do is morally justified, and the fact that many suffer just can’t be helped.
When the street criminals do the same thing, they too have no remorse, believing they are only taking what is rightfully theirs. All moral standards become relative. Whether it’s bailouts, privileges, government subsidies or benefits for some from inflating a currency, it’s all part of a process justified by a philosophy of forced redistribution of wealth. Violence, or a threat of such, is the instrument required and unfortunately is of little concern of most members of Congress.
Some argue it’s only a matter of "fairness" that those in need are cared for. There are two problems with this. First, the principle is used to provide a greater amount of benefits to the rich than the poor. Second, no one seems to be concerned about whether or not it’s fair to those who end up paying for the benefits. The costs are usually placed on the backs of the middle class and are hidden from the public eye. Too many people believe government handouts are free, like printing money out of thin air, and there is no cost. That deception is coming to an end. The bills are coming due and that’s what the economic slowdown is all about.
Sadly, we have become accustomed to living with the illegitimate use of force by government. It is the tool for telling the people how to live, what to eat and drink, what to read and how to spend their money.
To develop a truly free society, the issue of initiating force must be understood and rejected. Granting to government even a small amount of force is a dangerous concession.
Limiting Government Excesses vs. a Virtuous Moral People
Our Constitution, which was intended to limit government power and abuse, has failed. The Founders warned that a free society depends on a virtuous and moral people. The current crisis reflects that their concerns were justified.
Most politicians and pundits are aware of the problems we face but spend all their time in trying to reform government. The sad part is that the suggested reforms almost always lead to less freedom and the importance of a virtuous and moral people is either ignored, or not understood. The new reforms serve only to further undermine liberty. The compounding effect has given us this steady erosion of liberty and the massive expansion of debt. The real question is: if it is liberty we seek, should most of the emphasis be placed on government reform or trying to understand what "a virtuous and moral people" means and how to promote it. The Constitution has not prevented the people from demanding handouts for both rich and poor in their efforts to reform the government, while ignoring the principles of a free society. All branches of our government today are controlled by individuals who use their power to undermine liberty and enhance the welfare/warfare state-and frequently their own wealth and power.
If the people are unhappy with the government performance it must be recognized that government is merely a reflection of an immoral society that rejected a moral government of constitutional limitations of power and love of freedom.
If this is the problem all the tinkering with thousands of pages of new laws and regulations will do nothing to solve the problem.
It is self-evident that our freedoms have been severely limited and the apparent prosperity we still have, is nothing more than leftover wealth from a previous time. This fictitious wealth based on debt and benefits from a false trust in our currency and credit, will play havoc with our society when the bills come due. This means that the full consequence of our lost liberties is yet to be felt.
But that illusion is now ending. Reversing a downward spiral depends on accepting a new approach.
Expect the rapidly expanding homeschooling movement to play a significant role in the revolutionary reforms needed to build a free society with Constitutional protections. We cannot expect a Federal government controlled school system to provide the intellectual ammunition to combat the dangerous growth of government that threatens our liberties.
The internet will provide the alternative to the government/media complex that controls the news and most political propaganda. This is why it’s essential that the internet remains free of government regulation.
Many of our religious institutions and secular organizations support greater dependency on the state by supporting war, welfare and corporatism and ignore the need for a virtuous people.
I never believed that the world or our country could be made more free by politicians, if the people had no desire for freedom.
Under the current circumstances the most we can hope to achieve in the political process is to use it as a podium to reach the people to alert them of the nature of the crisis and the importance of their need to assume responsibility for themselves, if it is liberty that they truly seek. Without this, a constitutionally protected free society is impossible.
If this is true, our individual goal in life ought to be for us to seek virtue and excellence and recognize that self-esteem and happiness only comes from using one’s natural ability, in the most productive manner possible, according to one’s own talents.
Productivity and creativity are the true source of personal satisfaction. Freedom, and not dependency, provides the environment needed to achieve these goals. Government cannot do this for us; it only gets in the way. When the government gets involved, the goal becomes a bailout or a subsidy and these cannot provide a sense of personal achievement.
Achieving legislative power and political influence should not be our goal. Most of the change, if it is to come, will not come from the politicians, but rather from individuals, family, friends, intellectual leaders and our religious institutions. The solution can only come from rejecting the use of coercion, compulsion, government commands, and aggressive force, to mold social and economic behavior. Without accepting these restraints, inevitably the consensus will be to allow the government to mandate economic equality and obedience to the politicians who gain power and promote an environment that smothers the freedoms of everyone. It is then that the responsible individuals who seek excellence and self-esteem by being self-reliance and productive, become the true victims.
What are the greatest dangers that the American people face today and impede the goal of a free society? There are five.
1. The continuous attack on our civil liberties which threatens the rule of law and our ability to resist the onrush of tyranny.
2. Violent anti-Americanism that has engulfed the world. Because the phenomenon of "blow-back" is not understood or denied, our foreign policy is destined to keep us involved in many wars that we have no business being in. National bankruptcy and a greater threat to our national security will result.
3. The ease in which we go to war, without a declaration by Congress, but accepting international authority from the UN or NATO even for preemptive wars, otherwise known as aggression.
4. A financial political crisis as a consequence of excessive debt, unfunded liabilities, spending, bailouts, and gross discrepancy in wealth distribution going from the middle class to the rich. The danger of central economic planning, by the Federal Reserve must be understood.
5. World government taking over local and US sovereignty by getting involved in the issues of war, welfare, trade, banking, a world currency, taxes, property ownership, and private ownership of guns. Happily, there is an answer for these very dangerous trends.
What a wonderful world it would be if everyone accepted the simple moral premise of rejecting all acts of aggression. The retort to such a suggestion is always: it’s too simplistic, too idealistic, impractical, na├»ve, utopian, dangerous, and unrealistic to strive for such an ideal.
The answer to that is that for thousands of years the acceptance of government force, to rule over the people, at the sacrifice of liberty, was considered moral and the only available option for achieving peace and prosperity.
What could be more utopian than that myth – considering the results especially looking at the state sponsored killing, by nearly every government during the 20th Century, estimated to be in the hundreds of millions. It’s time to reconsider this grant of authority to the state.
No good has ever come from granting monopoly power to the state to use aggression against the people to arbitrarily mold human behavior. Such power, when left unchecked, becomes the seed of an ugly tyranny. This method of governance has been adequately tested, and the results are in: reality dictates we try liberty.
The idealism of non-aggression and rejecting all offensive use of force should be tried. The idealism of government sanctioned violence has been abused throughout history and is the primary source of poverty and war. The theory of a society being based on individual freedom has been around for a long time. It’s time to take a bold step and actually permit it by advancing this cause, rather than taking a step backwards as some would like us to do.
Today the principle of habeas corpus, established when King John signed the Magna Carta in 1215, is under attack. There’s every reason to believe that a renewed effort with the use of the internet that we can instead advance the cause of liberty by spreading an uncensored message that will serve to rein in government authority and challenge the obsession with war and welfare.
What I’m talking about is a system of government guided by the moral principles of peace and tolerance.
The Founders were convinced that a free society could not exist without a moral people. Just writing rules won’t work if the people choose to ignore them. Today the rule of law written in the Constitution has little meaning for most Americans, especially those who work in Washington DC.
Benjamin Franklin claimed "only a virtuous people are capable of freedom." John Adams concurred: "Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
A moral people must reject all violence in an effort to mold people’s beliefs or habits.
A society that boos or ridicules the Golden Rule is not a moral society. All great religions endorse the Golden Rule. The same moral standards that individuals are required to follow should apply to all government officials. They cannot be exempt.
The ultimate solution is not in the hands of the government.
The solution falls on each and every individual, with guidance from family, friends and community.
The #1 responsibility for each of us is to change ourselves with hope that others will follow. This is of greater importance than working on changing the government; that is secondary to promoting a virtuous society. If we can achieve this, then the government will change.
It doesn’t mean that political action or holding office has no value. At times it does nudge policy in the right direction. But what is true is that when seeking office is done for personal aggrandizement, money or power, it becomes useless if not harmful. When political action is taken for the right reasons it’s easy to understand why compromise should be avoided. It also becomes clear why progress is best achieved by working with coalitions, which bring people together, without anyone sacrificing his principles.
Political action, to be truly beneficial, must be directed toward changing the hearts and minds of the people, recognizing that it’s the virtue and morality of the people that allow liberty to flourish.
The Constitution or more laws per se, have no value if the people’s attitudes aren’t changed.
To achieve liberty and peace, two powerful human emotions have to be overcome. Number one is "envy" which leads to hate and class warfare. Number two is "intolerance" which leads to bigoted and judgemental policies. These emotions must be replaced with a much better understanding of love, compassion, tolerance and free market economics. Freedom, when understood, brings people together. When tried, freedom is popular.
The problem we have faced over the years has been that economic interventionists are swayed by envy, whereas social interventionists are swayed by intolerance of habits and lifestyles. The misunderstanding that tolerance is an endorsement of certain activities, motivates many to legislate moral standards which should only be set by individuals making their own choices. Both sides use force to deal with these misplaced emotions. Both are authoritarians. Neither endorses voluntarism. Both views ought to be rejected.
I have come to one firm conviction after these many years of trying to figure out "the plain truth of things." The best chance for achieving peace and prosperity, for the maximum number of people world-wide, is to pursue the cause of LIBERTY.
If you find this to be a worthwhile message, spread it throughout the land.
Dr. Ron Paul
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